Former Champaign County auditor ticketed for suspected marijuana

Former Champaign County auditor ticketed for suspected marijuana

CHAMPAIGN — A former Champaign County Board member and county auditor was ticketed Sunday night after police found him with suspected cannabis in his vehicle.

According to a Champaign pol­ice report, Tony Fabri, 41, who listed an address in the 300 block of North Edwin Street, Champaign, was given a notice to appear for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ask Tom Kacich about Fabri here

The report said a Champaign police officer found Fabri with suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while Fabri was parked at Kaufman Lake on West Springfield Avenue.

The citation came less than two weeks after Fabri lost his bid to return the county board. On March 18, Fabri lost to incumbent Pattsi Petrie 887-259 in the Democratic primary in District 6.

After running for the Champaign City Council in 1995, Fabri served as a Champaign County Board member from 2000-08. He was chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party from 2004-09, and served as Champaign County auditor from 2008-12.

Fabri did not return calls for comment.

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Huh wrote on April 02, 2014 at 7:04 am

I am sure he will be the first in line for "medical marijuana".

ATrain270 wrote on April 03, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Clever one.

787 wrote on April 02, 2014 at 8:04 am

And "served" as Champaign County Auditor as little as possible...

Politically Observant wrote on April 02, 2014 at 8:04 am

State senator Mike Frerichs put his name behind and supported Tony Fabri.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on April 02, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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There must be a reason. Frerichs does whatever seems politically expedient. He's willing to flip on the very most important issues if it helps get votes.  


Remember him running as a pro-life candidate when seeking a seat in a pro-life state house district? That was 1998, I think. Now he presents himself as a pro-choice candidate, and conveniently, the demographics of his current district support that position.



rsp wrote on April 02, 2014 at 10:04 am

If he would have done this before the election he might have won. (sorry Pattsi)

Huh wrote on April 02, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Instead of "Chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party", maybe it should be phrased as "Chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party's Joint Chiefs of Staff".

Carol 49 wrote on April 02, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I'm not sure I understand what you mean RSP. But I wonder if Tony Fabri would have been driving while impaired. Thank goodness the police checked that park. But why was Fabri visiting there late at night after it's closed?

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on April 02, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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To smoke marijuana.

wayward wrote on April 02, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Because no way would the cops get suspicious about a car on park district property that late.

TJ1971 wrote on April 02, 2014 at 8:04 pm

What a DOPE ... what an April Fool Fabri

Bulldogmojo wrote on April 03, 2014 at 11:04 am

If this happened in colorado it would have been a non issue of legally possessing pot that contributes enormously to the tax base.

Another reefer madness story by the drunks at NG

alabaster jones 71 wrote on April 04, 2014 at 6:04 am
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I'm sure the N-G staff had a good laugh about it over several drinks at the Tumble Inn.

Sid Saltfork wrote on April 03, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W. Bush, and the current president have all admitted to smoking marijuana.  Fabri is just another politician who has smoked it.  He got caught in a public place smoking it though.  Why smoke it in public instead of at home?  I am not so concerned that he smokes reefer as I am that he used such poor judgement in smoking it in public.  That poor judgement enforces the opinion regarding his poor judgement in public office.

Some local past, and present politicians have publically done drugs in the past including snorting cocaine.  They were high enough in office (no pun intended) that those who observed their use did not bother to report it.  Fabri was not that well connected.  Either he had just met his dealer; or he thought hiding out in a public area after dark would not draw attention.  Obviously due to his poor judgement, he was not fit for an Illinois political career.

sweet caroline wrote on April 03, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Who cares?  He didn't win.  It's a non-story.

johnny wrote on April 04, 2014 at 2:04 am

I care, but thanks for projecting your opinion onto everyone else.

PROGRESSIVE SCHOOLMARM wrote on April 04, 2014 at 8:04 am

While marijuana use may be benign as alcohol, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. Here poor judgement was in effect with potential for danger.

TJ1971 wrote on April 03, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Certainly more poor judgement by Fabri. And probably insight into his doings while he wasn't showing up to work.

dpf67 wrote on April 05, 2014 at 7:04 am

Congratulations, Sid Saltfork, Progressive Schoolmarm, and tj1971, between the three of you, judgment has now been misspelled 5 times in a row while commenting on this guy's "poor judgement." Get a dictionary. It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on April 06, 2014 at 1:04 am
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It's actually "mispelled," not "misspelled."

pattsi wrote on April 06, 2014 at 9:04 am

misspelledUse Misspelled in a sentence mis·spell[mis-spel] Show IPA verb (used with object), verb (used without object), mis·spelled or mis·spelt, mis·spell·ing.   to spell incorrectly.    In Great Britain and many of its former colonies, “judgement” is still the correct spelling, but ever since Noah Webster decreed the first E superfluous, Americans have omitted it. Many of Webster’s crotchets have faded away (each year fewer people use the spelling “theater,” for instance), but even the producers of Terminator 2: Judgment Day chose the traditional American spelling. If you write “judgement” you should also write “colour.”


Sid Saltfork wrote on April 06, 2014 at 11:04 am

I admit to my poor spelling while attempting to convey a thought.  I do find it irritating when a commenter (?) injects spelling criticism into a conversation with nothing regarding the subject of the article.  It seems rather petty. 

Is it "gray", or "grey"?

sweet caroline wrote on April 06, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Alabaster, where did you come up with "mispelled" as the correct spelling?  There is a double s.  Straight out of the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 



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  1. misspeak
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alabaster jones 71 wrote on April 06, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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You all crack me up.  It's called sarcasm.....or is it spelled sargasm?

Sorry, I had just got done chiefing up with Tony Fabri at Kaufman Lake when I wrote that comment, so I was in a goofy mood.

thesimpleman wrote on April 08, 2014 at 2:04 pm

everyone knows dont go to the lake when it is closed 

PROGRESSIVE SCHOOLMARM wrote on April 08, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Don't smoke and drive. Everyone should know that.